1154 Tasting Notes
I quite enjoyed this sheng – thought I am partial to jing mai raw pu’er. This one is full of orchid notes with a powerfully lingering orchid aftertaste. There is a bit of peachy apricot (probably from the floral), thick body and a nice sweetness. There is a bit of dryness, but still easy to enjoy.
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My mother in law bought me this tea while she was in New Calendonia last year. What makes this chai unique is its use of native New Zealand horopito pepper.
Turns out, this moderate spicy chai has some heat! The more so sip, the hotter it gets! But the heat doesn’t linger, so it is a friendly heat. Plenty of cinnamon, cloves and ginger, so it has a cider vibe to it. The honeybush is woodsy, but also has a wateryness.
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SOOO GOOD if you love creamy black teas! This black is super smooth with lots of creamy, raisin, chocolate, malt, caramel and toast. It’s like liquid bread pudding!
This tea does a great second infusion and can take long infusions for travel mugs or forgetful steepers.
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This oolong comes in bagged form, direct sourced from Northern Bangladesh, and 2014 NATC 3rd place for Oolongs.
Teatulia’s oolong is interesting – citrus lemon curd notes with a dash of savory biscuit/crackers and butter. There is a light floral peach end of sip, with the entire sip being quite fresh and delicate. I found it did a decent resteep as well, steeping a bit more tart. Pretty excellent for bagged tea and I enjoyed how easy it was to drink and complex enough to stay entertained. I found the longer infusion time worked best for this oolong otherwise it is too light.
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Wowee, this tea is thick and a lot of flavor! The tea is tricking my tongue to think I’m sipping pudding rather than tea! At higher temperatures, you get mineral, tobacco and bitterness. I had to submit defeat and steep this at lower temperatures, around 190F. At that temperature and later infusions you get sweet, lemongrass citrus and a light stone fruit aftertaste. I got 12 infusions and probably could of gotten a few more.
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There’s barely any oolong in this, seems like mostly chunks of apple, pineapple and strawberry. Though, I can handle that if it tastes okay and I chalk it up as more of a fruity herbal. This tea has a long ingredients list and has many fruit items that sound nice, like rhubarb, vanilla, peach, rose, tangerine and grapefruit (all flavorings)
This tea is heavy, 1.5 teaspoons is 10 grams of tea. Steeped up and it’s watery with not much flavor, like this is the 2nd or 3rd infusion. What I do get is a slight bubble gum strawberry and rose floral flavor. I even used a higher temp and longer steep time and nope – BOOOOO!
I guess the rest of my 2oz will go to the ice tea pitcher along with a bunch of hibiscus. At least that way it’ll have more flavor.
I love the concept of this tea – s’more tea with spices? Ohhh yeah!
This chai is moderately spicey with plenty of cardamon, ginger and clove. The entire blend has a sweet marshmallow essence, with a bit of chocolate. It is like the chai is the focus, with the bonus of smores! I could see this one being great as a latte. Personally, I don’t like cardamon too much, I wish had nutmeg instead (says the weirdo who shaves on too much nutmeg on her hot chocolates and tea lattes)
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Yum, I liked this one. I does need more chocolate, but one could never had too much chocolate right? I love the creamy icing flavor, roasty and cake notes. I also got a decent second infusion that lets you sample the oolong base more.
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and hey, how about that kickstarter?
This is an awesome oriental beauty oolong – it’s pretty sweet, with tasty honey, peachy, nutty, malt, brown sugar, and caramel notes. I got 11 infusions out of this oolong, with one messed up long one in the middle. This tea can take a beating! However, later infusions it does get moderately dry.
My only beef is my sample leaf looked pretty smashed up. Otherwise the taste was pretty good.
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So creamy! Can I have this tea instead of whipped cream on a cake? Thinking about it, Golden Orchid is a potentially awesome Valentines day tea – lots of creamy and sweet notes. There are toasted asian milk bread, chocolate and malt too! Very smooth and thick texture, with some dryness 3 infusions later. Yep, this tea can resteep very well and keep the vanilla flavor – huge edge over other tea blends!
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